Plan of Light Finniss and Co Gawler Special Survey 1839, courtersy of Land Services SA.

Gawler Historic Rivers Nature Walk

The Gawler rivers are dominated by River Red Gums which provide homes for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. The rivers were central to the lives of Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains and foothills and continue to be so for Kaurna people today. The rivers were also the basis of early colonisation of the area providing water and fertile ground for a town to develop.

This walk will provide a look at the rivers today with their vital ecosystem providing life and connectivity across the Adelaide Plains between the hills and coast. You will gain an an insight into the way Kaurna people lived and managed the environment. You will see many examples of early buildings in Gawler mostly built with locally obtained and manufactured materials.


Presented by Gawler Environment & Heritage Association